Suzan-Lori Parks

The Onion offers some much-needed perspective on the debate over the New York Times’s pay wall.

At the New York Review blog, Robert Darnton gives six reasons for the "failure" of Google Books.

One of the most engrossing sections of the new Paris Review is a portfolio of collages curated by Pavel Zoubok, whose New York gallery is solely dedicated to cut-and-paste art. At the Review’s Daily blog, senior editor David Wallace-Wells interviews Zoubok, who notes the works’ affinity with poetry: “Collage is an inherently literary medium. It’s associative, and collagists use images and objects to produce meaning through context.”

Tonight at the Public Theater, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks performs “Watch Me Work,” allowing the audience to see a real live writer in action—and perhaps get some of their own writing done.

“Waitressing is hard.” And: “No good sex goes unpunished.” Carolyn Kellogg recaps the first installment of Todd Haynes’s Mildred Pierce, a TV miniseries based on James M. Cain’s 1941 novel.